Chinese herbs have been administered to animals in China for more than 4,000 years. Clinical studies have shown that many types of Chines herbs can be an effective treatment for musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiac, pulmonary, dermatologic, endocrine, gastrointestinal, urological, reproductive, oncological and immunological disorders. New clinical evidence shows that Chinese herbals are an effective treatment of gastric ulcers and inflammatory bowel disease. In cancer patients, they may be used as an adjunct treatment to combat the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy, or as a standalone treatment to shrink or eliminate neoplasms. Many owners report that their animals have an improved quality of life while receiving Chinese herbals.
In general Chinese herbals can be safely used in conjunction with Western medicine because the formulas are designed to balance the body and treat the exhibited pattern which is sometimes caused by pathophysiologic changes or by treatment with Western medications. However, patients that are also on Western cardiac drugs, diuretics, antidiabetic drugs, anti-hypertensive medications and blood thinners should be carefully assessed when using herbals that have similar actions.